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Accred Qual Assur
H. Emons 0
Hendrik Emons Editor-in-Chief 0
0 Geel , Belgium
There are easier tasks in life than saying ‘good bye’ to
something which you like and consider as important.
However, there seems to be a phenomenon in our current
working environments which could be labelled as
‘Markovnikov’s rule for senior experts’: the one who has
already many duties/responsibilities (originally: ‘the
carbon atom of an alkene which has the greatest number of
hydrogen atoms’) will get more tasks (‘will receive the
next hydrogen atom in an addition reaction’).
Consequently, one of the frequently used management
strategies of today, namely prioritization, becomes
unavoidable. Many of us have been learning over the years
that even enthusiastic scientists do not possess unlimited
time and energy. Also I had to realize that the increased
workload in my ‘primary job’ and reduced personal
travelling capabilities do not allow me anymore to spend so
much time and efforts for serving this journal at a level
which I consider as necessary according to my own
standards. Therefore, I have asked the publisher to consider the
termination of my appointment as Editor-in-Chief of
Accreditation and Quality Assurance (ACQUAL).
We have witnessed and documented in ACQUAL
significant progress in the further development and
dissemination of concepts and applications for modern
quality assurance and control (QA/QC) of measurements in